recording of When William Came by Saki. Read by Andy Minter
We have had many novels about alternate histories, often of the 'What would have happened if Hitler had won the war' type and this is another - except that this one is set in 1913 and the 'William' of the title is that old bogeyman 'Kaiser Bill'. For some reason, at the height of Britain's power, the fear of invasion was common at that time. (See 'The Riddle of the Sands', 'The Battle of Dorking', 'Spies of the Kaiser' or even 'The War of the Worlds')
WARNING:- Contains mild anti-semitism and jingoism typical of the period (Summary by Andy Minter)
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June 1, 2008
A lovely recording
What we find frightening about this novel is the very premise: England has been subjugated and annexed! by Germany ...When William Came, written before World War I, is a grim tale of a then-fictional war between Britain and Germany. Saki's biting wit is aimed squarely at British politics in this thinly veiled story -- he, like many others, could see war approaching, and who would want to see a conflict of such proportion? Unnerving stuff, we say...
Many thanks to Andy Minter for his enjoyable recording. A real pleasure to listen to!